Richard W. Bock Sculpture Museum
The Richard W. Bock Museum is home to over 300 bronze and plaster sculptures created by Bock, a renown sculptor, along with several original architectural drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright. The museum also features the historic Almira House Period Room from the mid 1850s.
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All visitors are advised to contact the museum director at 618-664-6724 and follow the prompts for museum hours or to schedule a tour. The museum is housed in the Almira College House on Greenville University campus located at 315 E. College Ave, Greenville, IL 62249.
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Bock's Unique Career
Bock embarked on his sculpting journey in Chicago in 1891, following his education in Berlin and Paris. His talents garnered numerous commissions, spanning from World's Fairs to adorning buildings across the United States. For a ten-year period beginning in 1903, Bock worked almost exclusively with Frank Lloyd Wright contributing to a fountain project and crafting architectural models for Wright's iconic Unity Temple.
The museum's collection began when Dr. Donald P. Hallmark, a former art history professor at Greenville College [University], learned that Bock's children had kept his works in storage for many years after his passing in 1949. Several years later, in 1972, the Bock Sculpture Collection was given to the University by Bock's children, with the condition that the works be permanently exhibited.
The museum officially opened to the public in the fall of 1975 and is located in the Almira College House. The Almira College, which was built in 1855 and is the oldest building at Greenville University. It now houses the Richard W. Bock Museum, over 300 plaster and bronze sculptures, drawings, maquettes, photographs by Richard W. Bock, and the Almira College Period Room. Several other items designed by Wright are in the collection, including a rectilinear oak table and a leaded stained glass window.
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